The Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSL) degree includes three programs of study or concentrations in Criminal Justice, Healthcare Administration, and Management. This graduate program is designed to provide leaders with the essential administrative and management skills, competencies, and strategies to perform as innovative leaders in organizations. A core benefit of this program is the diversity of professional students that stimulates exchanges and integrations of learning. All courses are administered online and in 8-week formats for working professionals who are choosing this program as professional development in their current or future administrative roles.

The MSL degree program outcomes are to prepare students to:

  • Analyze and evaluate ideas, data, policy, and practice to improve decision-making within organizations.
  • Identify and examine the financial, human, data and other organizational resources using the latest evidence.
  • Apply ethical, cultural, regulatory, and legal factors to enhance value-based systems.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate a personal leadership plan that incorporates key program concepts.

Graduate coursework for the MSL degree is designed for leaders in a wide variety of professions and across organizations. The courses are taught by highly qualified faculty that represent diverse organizational experiences and insights including law enforcement, healthcare, human services, government agencies, and associations and professional groups. To maximize access to and completion of the programs, coursework is presented via distance learning.

Core Curriculum
The three MSL concentrations (criminal justice, healthcare administration, and management) share a common core curriculum. The following 8-week courses are offered sequentially so the curriculum builds upon the previous courses:


Core Course and Title Credits
MSL 511 Organizational Leadership 3
MSL 514 Organizational Communication 3
MSL 518 Evidence Based Practice 3
MSL 521 Organizational Finance 3
Total Core Curriculum 12

Advanced Candidacy
To be considered as meeting the requirements for advanced candidacy in the MSL program, students must complete the above core curriculum as soon as they are scheduled after the student is admitted to the program. In addition, the student must earn a grade of “B” or better in each of these core courses.

The MSL prepares leaders and managers for advancement from entry-level administration through mid-level management into leadership roles. An essential element within the MSL is flexibility in the choice of electives to meet the unique needs and outcomes for the individual student.

Concentration in Criminal Justice

Concentration in Management

Concentration in Healthcare Administration